BREAKING NEWS: In a stunning decision, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that requires the government to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program going. DACA is the program that allows illegal aliens to remain in the country if they were brought here by their parents. Of course, under the program, their parents get to remain in the U.S. as well even though they broke federal law.
The decision is being slammed as politically charged. Some suggest the decision was made in an effort to send an anti-Trump message.
Under a lower court order that remains in effect, the Department of Homeland Security must continue to accept renewal applications from the roughly 700,000 illegals who are currently enrolled in DACA. The administration had intended to shut the program down by March 5, but that deadline is now largely meaningless.
Essentially, the Supreme Court has stripped President Trump of his executive powers on illegal immigration.
In a brief order, the court said simply, “It is assumed the court of appeals will act expeditiously to decide this case.”
Monday’s denial also gives Congress more time to come up with a legislative solution, though repeated bipartisan efforts have failed so far.
Last month a federal judge in San Francisco, William Alsup, ruled in favor of the University of California and its president, former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. They sued to keep the program going after the Trump administration said in September that it would end it within six months. Alsup said Attorney General Jeff Sessions had wrongly concluded that DACA was put in place without proper legal authority.
This Supreme Court ruling is just the latest politically-charged ruling that keeps DACA–which was illegal in the first place–in effect. At this point, all President Trump can do is hope that the Republicans in Congress take a stand and move to enforce federal law.